The Marvels, like any other recent MCU project, was rife with reshoots and deleted scenes, but one deleted scene apparently built on the relationship between Carol Danvers and Valkyrie, who made a brief cameo in the film.
As it turns out, the movie was originally going to imply that Carol and Valkyrie were exes. According to @CanWeGetSomeToast, when Valkyrie comes over to take the Skrull refugees, there would have been a line where one of them would say, “We work better as friends,” implying that the two have been together more intimately before.
We don’t exactly know why the scene was cut, but a lot of fans already know Marvel/Disney’s way of showcasing representation with two steps forward and one step back. Maybe they couldn’t risk the thought that Carol would be bisexual and endanger the conservatives from suddenly deeming her as an inappropriate role model.
Whatever they did though, The Marvels is currently being bashed for being one of the biggest MCU bombs in history. Then again, a lot of fans stand by that this is not a result of the movie being of poor quality. Some think that it has something to do with the poor marketing for the film, others think that the strike also hurt the chances for better promotion for the movie.
Of course, there is always the endless wave of Youtubers and anti-woke propagandists that have made careers just hating on anything where women are in the spotlight.
Hopefully Marvel and Disney don’t learn the wrong lesson with The Marvels. Some fans still have their fingers crossed that maybe good word of mouth could save the movie during its run—like the way Elemental did for Pixar.
Catch The Marvels now in theaters.